DOH, may paalala sa mga magulang o guardian ng mga batang babakunahan vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2021   •   181

MANILA, Philippines – Handa na ang Department of Health (DOH) para sa gagawing pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19 sa Biyernes ng mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17.

Ayon sa DOH-National Capital Region (NCR) director Dr. Gloria Balboa, nagsasagawa na sila ng simulation exercise para sa pilot vaccination.

Noong Miyerkules idinaos ang simulation sa Philippine General Hospital (PGH) at National Children’s Hospital habang ngayong araw naman ang sa anim pang ospital na kasali sa pilot pediatric vaccination program.

“Kahapon na-deliver na ang bakunang gagamitin, its Pfizer,” ani Balboa.

“Very important din iyong cold chain, iyong storage nila kasi kailangan itong Pfizer merong ultra low freezer… Ang isang tray kasi is 1,170 doses times 8 iyon,” dagdag pa niya.

Prayoridad na mabakunahan ang mga batang may co-morbidities.

Batay sa inilabas na listahan ng DOH, ang mga menor de edad na kailangang mabigyan ng COVID-19 vaccine shot ay may medical complexity, genetic conditions, neurologic conditions, metabolic/endocrine, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, hiv infection, tuberculosis, chronic respiratory disease, renal disorders, at hepatobiliary.

Paglilinaw ng DOH, ang mga babakunahang bata sa mga ospital ay mga pasyenteng may record na rin sa kanila kahit saang local government unit pa sila nasasakop.

Ani Balboa, layunin nito na mas mapadali ang monitoring sa mga bata.

“We really have to be very careful kasi hindi pa natin alam ano maigiging epekto talaga ng bakuna with them because of the comorbidities na meron sila,” dagdag pa niya.

Sa ikalawang linggo aniya ng pilot implementation ay maaari nang tumanggap ng mga batang magpapabakuna kahit hindi sila pasyente sa naturang ospital.

Una nang naglabas ng guidelines ang DOH para sa COVID-19 vaccination ng mga menor de edad.

Gaya ng adult vaccination, dapat ay dumaan sa ang mga bata registration, screening at assessment ng kanilang kondisyon.

Bago ang aktwal na pagbabakuna, kailangang kasama ng bata ang magulang o guardian na siyang pipirma sa informed consent and assent form na ibibigay ng ospital.

Mahalaga ang assent ng mga bata upang matiyak na hindi sila pinilit na mabakunahan kontra COVID-19

Paalala rin ng DOH na may requirements na dapat maiprisinta bago ang pagbabakuna gaya ng medical certificate bilang patunay na may comorbidity ang bata. Ito ang magsisilbing clearance mula sa kanilang pediatrician.

Kailangan ding dalhin ang dokumento na magpapatunay ng filiation o relasyon ng bata sa kasama niyang adult sa araw ng pagpapabakuna.

Pagkatapos mabakunahan ay isasailalim sa monitoring ang mga bata upang makita ang epekto ng COVID-19 vaccine sa kanilang kalusugan.

May reporting system din sa Food and Drug Administration ng mga batang makararanas ng adverse events following immunization (AEFI).

Bukod sa PGH at National Children’s Hospital, idaraos rin ang pediatric vaccination sa mga sumusunod na ospital:

  • Philippine Heart Center
  • Pasig City Children’s Hospital
  • Fe Del Mundo Medical Center
  • Philippine General Hospital
  • Makati Medical Center
  • St Luke’s Medical Center (Taguig)

Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, 400 o 50 bata kada araw ang target na mabakunahan sa bawat ospital.

Ayon sa DOH, 12.7 million na mga batang Pilipino na may comorbidities ang eligible para sa pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

IATF revisits ‘no vaccine, no work’ policy

Maris Federez   •   December 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) announced that it is revisiting Resolutions 148-B and 149 on the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination of onsite workers.

Department of Health (DOH) Usec. Charade Mercado-Grande, who is in the DOH-IATF Secretariat, said the resolutions mandating the “no vaccine, no work” policy is under review.

“The matter is already under review and discussion po, Mr. Chair,” she said during the House Committee on Labor and Employment hearing on Tuesday.

The House panel had earlier sent a letter to the IATF, urging the body to suspend the resolution that allows business establishments to implement the ‘no vaccine, no work” policy among onsite employees.

Mercado-Grande confirmed that the resolution is still in effect despite calls from members of the House to have it suspended.

Committee chair Rep. Eric Pineda expressed dismay over the seeming disregard of the IATF to their call.

“Wala man lang sagot sa amin, ni ha ni ho. Di sana tumawag man sila o nagparamdam man lang sila. But the way we feel it, especially my committee members, para kaming napapahiya dito. Para kaming hindi binibigyan ng importansya ng mga amo ninyo,” Pineda said.

Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Ferdinand Gaite shared the same sentiment.

“Tila hindi binibigyan ng pagpapahalaga itong napakalaki nang implication sa ating mga manggagawa sa kasalukuyan,” he said.

With this, Pineda warned that it will issue a subpoena to the officials of the IATF should the body continue to ignore their panel’s invitation to attend the hearing.

“Kasi we don’t want na umabot sa punto na this committee will now subpoena the members of the IATF just to compel them to attend this hearing,” Pineda said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Duterte sees better days for Phl as COVID-19 cases decline

Maris Federez   •   December 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed optimism that the country has good a chance of overcoming the pandemic with the government’s aggressive immunization campaign against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Better days ahead because since December 1, we have been on average of 500 to 600 and the number of active cases continues to go down. I’m talking about the COVID,” the President said during his televised Talk to the People address amid threat of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

“Sa Davao nga last week there’s only one. Very impressive. We continue to see a downward trend of the positivity rate, now only less than two percent,” Duterte said.

This shows, he said, that for every 100 persons tested for COVID-19, only a maximum of two people turned out to be positive.

Duterte also highlighted the success of the national vaccination days or the Bayanihan, Bakunahan for being able to administer 10.2 million doses throughout the Philippines from November 29 to December 3, which he said was a huge achievement in the country’s fight against COVID-19.

The president also announced the conduct of the second round of Bayanihan, Bakunahan from December 15 to 17.

“I hope that we would have the same success. But this time lesser because parang naubos na natin ang Pilipino sa ‘yung what counts sa bakuna kaya medyo there’s a slowdown of the COVID-19,” Duterte said. —/mbmf

NCR’s COVID-19 reproduction rate down to 0.35 – OCTA

Robie de Guzman   •   December 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The COVID-19 reproduction rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) went down to 0.35 from November 29 to December, Independent Analytics Group OCTA Research said.

OCTA Research fellow Guido David said nearly all indicators in the same period have gone down when compared to the data gathered in the past week.

In a message on Twitter on Monday, Guido also said that the daily attack rate has gone down to 0.79 from November 29 to December 5 from 2.61 recorded in the same period last year.

The positivity rate also went down to 1.1 percent from 3.7 percent, and the hospital bed occupancy from 37 percent to 21 percent.

He, however, noted that the number of ICU beds occupied slightly increased from 322 to 350.

In a media briefing, Guido said the current data should be maintained to keep the country’s very low risk classification for COVID-19.

He is also in favor of keeping the NCR and the rest of the country under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 in view of the threat of the newly discovered Omicron variant.

“If there was no threat of a new variant, pwede naman tayo actually it’s possible to de-escalate because we are at very low risk based on our metrics,” he said.

“We don’t know when this variant might come in the country. At least we are better prepared if we have some restrictions than if we don’t have restrictions,” he added.

Should the new variant enter the Philippines, David said the Philippines may see another surge in COVID-19 cases by 2022.

The OCTA Research fellow noted that based on preliminary studies, the Omicron variant seems more contagious than the Delta variant.

“If it’s twice sa Omicron then we are expecting 1 person with Omicron will infect 10-16 other people,” he said.

“Most likely ang timeline natin around January or February baka magkaroon ng disruption. It may not be a massive surge but it will still affect the number of cases,” he added.

He urged the public to be responsible and continue adhering to public health protocols against COVID-19 especially this holiday season. (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

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